Less than two days after a Miami Beach police officer shined his flashlight into my camera lens in an attempt to thwart me from video recording them making an arrest, a department spokesman said his behavior was "immature" and that he would be dealt with appropriately, if he hasn't already been dealt with by his superior officer.
The officer, who still remains unidentified, was the only cop out of a group making an arrest who decided to resort to intimidation tactics to prevent from being recorded -- which is direct violation of the photo policy that the Miami Beach Police Department introduced in the wake of the 2011 incident when they confiscated cameras from witnesses and reporters after shooting an unarmed man to death.
"Pointing the light just to be annoying to the reporter, there's no excuse for that," said Sgt. Bobby Hernandez, the department's public information officer, in the interview with Photography is Not a Crime correspondent Jeff Gray aka HONORYOUROATH, which you can hear in the video above.
"And trust me, we are going to find out who that officer is and we're going to deal with him if he wasn't dealt with. There's no need for that. What did he resolve by doing that? Other than being a little immature in my opinion."